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Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah speaks during a conference at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah speaks during a conference at the American University in Cairo, Egypt, Sept. 22, 2014 (AP photo by Nariman El-Mofty).

Washington’s Middle East Partners Are Getting Away With Murder

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

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The United States’ partners in the Middle East continue to enjoy impunity when it comes to Washington’s responses to their human rights abuses. Witness the ease with which Saudi Arabia escaped accountability for the murder in 2018 of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi dissident journalist who lived in exile in the U.S. It seems to be guiding Israel’s efforts to avoid an investigation into the killing of Shireen Abu Akleh, a U.S.-Palestinian dual-citizen and prominent journalist who was allegedly shot earlier this month by Israeli security forces while reporting on Israeli raids in Jenin in the occupied West Bank. ...

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